A breakfast bar is a great way to add a dining area to your kitchen without needing space for a table.

Since the kitchen is usually the social hub of any home, there’s a lovely informality to pulling up a bar stool and having a snack at the centre of everything.

Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay, the owner of this Victorian country house in Shropshire, has enhanced the interiors of this grand property with her signature mid-century aesthetic without compromising original features.

In this white and blue kitchen, an island-cum-bar forms the centrepiece to the room, white subway tiles and marble herringbone flooring giving the space an industrial edge, which works well below elegant cornicing.

Deep blue lights from Charles Edwards hang in the kitchen of this beach house in the Bahamas. The room is largely painted white, which contrasts with the dark wood flooring and kitchen island. Bulky ovens and stackable bar stools add an industrial-style edge to the scheme.